Lab 1: Remote Image Display
As this is the first assignment involving programming in this course, this description is a bit long. Please
read the whole thing carefully as it sets up how the labs and programming assignments for the rest of the
course will be run: how you can access the support code, the command line options used by the support
code, how to test your code, what you’re expected to turn in (and not turn in), and how to submit your
code will all remain more or less the same for the rest of the term.
This lab is a refresher for socket programming. I assume you have done some socket programming prior
to this course, either as a project in EECS 482 or equivalent experience. I further assume that you know
how to build a socket program on your development environment of choice, as covered in Lab 0. If your
socket programming skill is rusty or shaky or if you’re still unsure how to build a socket program using
your favorite build tool, this lab gives you a chance to shore both up. In completing this lab, you may
consult the sample code server.c and client.c from Lab 0.
In this lab, we will be building a simple clientserver remote image viewer. When completed, the server
will provide an image to the client, which the client then displays using OpenGL. This lab should provide
you with direct feedback on its fitness: a correctly completed project will display a recognizable image
on the client. Unfinished or incorrectly written projects probably will not. We will use this remote image
display tool throughout the term to help you visualize the effects of various network protocols. Hopefully
the visualization will help you understand the network protocols. It could also help you detect some bugs
your code may have.
You’re provided with a skeleton code consisting of netimg.cpp and netimglut.cpp for the client of
Netimg, imgdb.cpp for the server, a common header file, netimg.h, and a reference Linux binary
executable of the server refimgdb. You should be able to run your client against the provided server. The
provided Makefile builds imgdb and netimg. You can download the support code from the Course Folder.
Even though the files provided are C++ files, I found no compelling reason to use objects/classes in this
lab, so the code is more or less straight forward C. We’ll use more C++ features in future assignments.
You can search for the string “YOUR CODE HERE” in the code to find places where your code must go.
However, you’re required to read all comments in the source files. There is information in the comments
on the expected behavior of the functions and assumptions about the structures and variables used that is
not necessarily spelled out in this document. It may also be useful for you to read this document to the
end first before starting to code. You may find the section on how to test your code useful, for example.
Task 1: Client Side
Your first task is to write the client code. The client takes a single required command line argument:
% netimg ‐s <server:<port ‐q <image.tga [‐v <version]
where ‘%’ indicates a Unix Cshell prompt, which you don’t type in. The ‐s option tells netimg which
server to connect to. Unless your DNS resolver has been set up to search for the domain of the server (as
shown in lecture), you must provide the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or IP address of the server,
along with the port number the server is listening on, separated by a colon. The angle brackets (“< “)
indicate that you are to provide the actual values for the required arguments. You don’t enter the angle
brackets themselves when you run the program. See the testing section on how to test your code.
The ‐q option tells the netimg program which image file to query the server for. You replace “<image”
with the name of your TGA image file, again you don’t enter the angle brackets themselves. The file must
be a TGA image file. Two sample TGA image files are provided for your use. You can view them using
Apple’s Preview, GIMP, Photoshop, or other image viewing tool. If you have a JPEG or PNG or other
image format you would like to use, you need to convert them to a TGA file first. For example, the
graphics tool convert that is part of the ImageMagicK package that runs on both Linux and Mac OS X
can do this conversion. If your image is displayed upside down, convert can also flip it for you.
The ‐v option allows you to change the version number of the iqry packet sent. You should use it to test
whether your server function imgdb_recvqry() is checking the version field of all incoming iqry packet
correctly. The square brackets “[ ]” in the command line specification above indicate that the second
argument is optional, you don’t enter the square brackets when running the program.
You can search for the string “Task 1” in netimg.cpp to find places where “Task 1” related code must be
filled in. The function netimg_sockinit(sname, port) connects to the server specified by sname, at the
specified port. This is a pretty straightforward task not much different from the code in client.c of Lab
0. First create a new TCP socket and store the socket descriptor/handler in the global variable sd. Next
initialize the socket with the server’s IPv4 address and port number. Finally connect to the server and
return to caller. If there were any error during the connect process, terminate the process. The
netimg_sockinit() function has been commented such that it should be clear where you need to make
which socket API call. Depending on the amount of error checking you do, this part of the lab should
take about 10 to 13 lines of code.
Next write the netimg_recvimsg() that receive the packet of type imsg_t from the server. Store the packet
in the global variable imsg. The structure imsg_t is defined in netimg.h. It stores the specifics of the
image, width, height, etc., that we’ll need to display the image. You must check the version number of the
incoming packet. If it is not NETIMG_VERS, you must return NETIMG_EVERS (both defined in netimg.h).
(Your programming assignment will be tested for checking of packet version number, so get into the
habit of checking it now.) This function should take about 5 to 7 lines of code.
Finally, you’re to write 2 to 4 lines of code in netimg_recvimg() to receive the image file itself. You’ll be
using the global variables img_size and img_offset to complete this task.
That’s it for Task 1. You will write a total of 17 to 24 lines of code. After completing Task 1, you should
test your code before continuing to Task 2. See the Testing section below for some guidelines on testing
your code using the reference implementation of the server.
As you will notice, we use OpenGL/GLUT to display the image received from the server. Needless to
say, you’re not required to know OpenGL. All the code you’re required to write deals only with network
programming. Nevertheless, you need to know how to build OpenGL/GLUT code. If you build your
code using the provided Makefile, all you need to do is type make. If you want to build using an IDE, you
need to add the files netimg.cpp, netimglut.cpp and netimg.h to your project (and wingetopt.h and
wingetopt.c if you’re on Windows). Don’t add the other files. Then you need to tell your IDE that you
want to add the OpenGL libraries. If you don’t know how to do this, please follow the instructions in
Building OpenGL/GLUT Programs (note that this is the IDE instructions for EECS 487, not the one you
used in Lab 0 for EECS 489). If you’re curious about the OpenGL code, feel free to ask (or take EECS
Task 2: Server Side
Your second task is to write the server code. On the command line, the server is run simply by typing
imgdb. The server does not have any required commandline option. Upon start up, the server initializes a
TCP socket and obtain an ephemeral port number from the kernel which is prints out to the console. Then
it waits for a query packet from the client, loads the requested image from file from the same
folder/directory it is launched from, sends the dimensions of the image to the client, and transfers the
image to the client.
You can search for the string “Task 2” in imgdb.cpp to find places where “Task 2” related code must be
filled in. Fill in the function imgdb_sockinit() by first creating a TCP socket. Then bind the socket with
the port set to 0. and listen for connection, with listen queue length set to the macro NETIMG_QLEN. With
port set to 0, the OS will assign a random, ephemeral port to the socket. Obtain from the socket the
ephemeral port assigned to it so that you can print it out to the screen for the user to use with netimg to
connect to the server. Finally, return the socket descriptor to the caller. The function imgdb_sockinit()
has been commented such that it should be clear where you need to make which socket API call. It
should take about 7 to 12 lines of code to complete this function. It is not that different from server.c of
The function imgdb_accept(sd) accepts the connection on the socket sd. Later on we will be closing the
accepted socket after we have finished sending the image to the client. Set the socket option so that the
socket will linger for NETIMG_LINGER amount of time upon closing, to give time for the image to arrive at
the client. This part should take about 8 to 10 lines of code.
The function imgdb_recvqry() receives a query packet, checks that the packet is of the correct version
and type and unpacks the queried filename from the query packet. You are to write this function. It
shouldn’t take more than 58 lines of code. The definition of the query packet, iqry_t, can be found in
netimg.h. The query packet carries the filename of the image the client is searching for. You may want to
consult the function netimg.cpp:netimg_sendqry() in writing this function. (If the query packet contains
the wrong version number, the support code is set up to return NETIMG_NFOUND, which causes the client to
inform the user that the searched for image is not found. This is not the best error message for this case,
but it does make writing this function simpler for you.)
Finally, in the function imgdb_sendimg(td, imsg, image, img_size), first send the image specification
packet imsg to the client. This packet has been prepared for you in imgdb_loadimg(). Then send the image
contained in image to the client. However, instead of sending the image in one go, which would be too
fast to observe, you are required to send it in NETIMG_NUMSEG(+1) chunks of segsize (computed in the
function for you). The local variable ip points to the start of the image. You’re to send the image slowly,
one chunk of size segsize every NETIMG_USLEEP microseconds. This part should take 3 to 5 lines.
That’s all for Task 2. It should take about 23 to 35 lines of code in total. If you want to build using an
IDE, you need to add the files imgdb.cpp, netimg.h, ltga.h, and ltga.cpp to your project (and
wingetopt.h and wingetopt.c if you’re on Windows). Don’t add netimg.cpp nor netimglut.cpp. The two
tasks together should take about 40 to 60 lines of code.
Testing Your Code
You can develop your code on either Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows platform. The easiest way to test
your code is to run both the server and client on your local host, i.e., your laptop or the desktop in CAEN
labs. For example, run imgdb on the command line if you’re running Mac OS X or Linux and are using
the Makefile to build the program. If you’re using an IDE, add the command line option to the IDE before
building and running your code. If you get a prompt from your security software whether to allow imgdb
access to the network, say yes. Then run netimg ‐s localhost:port# ‐q ShipatSea.tga where localhost
should be used instead of the host name, and “port#” is the port number reported by your imgdb. Again, if
you’re using an IDE, you need to enter the client’s command line option to your IDE before running the
server. The advantage of testing your code on your own machine is that you can run tcpdump or
wireshark and see all the packets sent out from, or arriving to, your program, or none at all, as the case
In addition to the skeletal code and Makefile, we’ve also provided an executable binary of imgdb, called
refimgdb (“ref” for “reference”), that runs on the following four CAEN’s linux hosts: caen‐
eecs489p01.engin.umich.edu up to p04. These four hosts can also be referred to using their alias/CNAME
eecs489p1.engin.umich.edu to p4. And if you set up your DNS resolver to search for the engin.umich.edu
domain, you only need to enter eecs489p1 up to p4 to address these four hosts.
The reference server is available in the Course Folder /afs/umich.edu/class/eecs489/w15/FILES/. It is a
GNU/Linux executable, so don’t try to download and run it on your Mac OS X, Windows, or other Linux
flavors such as Ubuntu. To test against the provided reference server, run the server on one of the four
eecs489 hosts that CAEN has set up for this course. These four hosts allow for connection to random
ports from hosts connected through UMVPN or MWireless and from the machines in CAEN Labs. If you
have problem accessing these eecs489 machines from over UMVPN, MWireless, or from CAEN Labs,
please let the instructor know immediately. Don’t run the server on any other CAEN hosts, such as the
login servers (caen‐vnc*) as their security settings have not been set to allow for connection to random
ports. You won’t be able to connect to the CAEN eecs489 hosts from your home or work computer unless
you’re running UMVPN. You also won’t be able to connect from the MGUEST wireless network. Don’t
try to make the client on ITCS machines as they don’t have OpenGL installed.
You should test your code as soon as you completed Task 1. Connect your netimg to refimgdb. For
example, ssh to caen‐eecs489p01.engin.umich.edu, then run:
eecs489p1% cd /afs/umich.edu/class/eecs489/w15/FILES
You should see something like the following printed on the window:
refimgdb address is caen‐eecs48p01.engin.umich.edu:54539
Note the hostname and port number refimgdb prints out, i.e., caen‐eecs489p01.engin.umich.edu:54539 in
this case. Then on your local machine open up another window and run:
localhost% ./netimg ‐s caen‐eecs489p01.engin.umich.edu:54539 ‐q ShipatSea.tga
You need to replace caen‐eecs489p01.engin.umich.edu:54539 with whatever was actually printed out for
you by refimgdb. A window should now pop up and a grayscale image of a ship displayed slowly, one
chunk at a time from top to bottom. (To see the actual download speed without our artificial slow down,
set NETIMG_NUMSEG to 1 in netimg.h.) Depending on your system, the image may show up upside down,
The provided code has been built and run on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows machines. Support for
Winsock is included in the source code. To build the code on Windows platform, you need to add the
files wingetopt.h and wingetopt.c to your Visual Studio project. Do NOT use any other libraries or
compiler options that are not included in the Makefile already. Doing so would likely make your code not
portable and if we can’t compile your code, you will get 0 point.
Test your compilation! Your submission must compile without errors.
Your “Lab1 files” comprises your netimg.cpp and imgdb.cpp files.
To turn in your Lab1:
1. Email your IA/GSI the SHA1’s of your Lab1 files. Use “EECS489: Lab1 Submission” as your
email’s “Subject:” line. Once you’ve sent in your SHA1’s, don’t make any more changes to the files,
or your SHA1’s will become invalid.
2. Upload your Lab1 files by pointing your web browser to Course folder and navigate to your lab1
folder under your uniqname. Or you can scp the files to your lab1 folder on IFS:
This path is accessible from any machine you’ve logged into using your ITCS (umich.edu)
password. Please report any problems to ITCS.
3. Keep your own backup copy! Don’t make any more changes to the files once you’ve submitted
your final SHA1’s.
The timestamp on your SHA1 email will be your time of submission. If this is past the deadline, your
submission will be considered late. You are allowed multiple “submissions” without latepolicy
implications as long as you respect the deadline. Try not to email your SHA1 to your IA/GSI until you’ve
finalized your code. You don’t want to annoy them.
Turn in ONLY the files you have modified. Do not turn in support code we provided that you haven’t
modified. Do not turn in any binary files (object files, executables, or images) with your assignment.
Do remove all printf()’s or cout’s and cerr’s and any other logging statements you’ve added for
debugging purposes. You should debug using a debugger, not with printf()’s. If we can’t understand the
output of your code, you will get zero point.